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Alberta Homestead Records

This collection consists of microfilm reels containing documents related to Alberta homestead claims filed between 1870 and 1930. Under the Dominion Lands Act (1872), individuals could apply to homestead a quarter section (160 acres) of Crown land. These documents include applications for homesteads, applications for land patents (titles), inspector’s reports, handwritten and typed correspondence, certificates, statutory declarations, and court proceedings.

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